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Blue Collar (1978)

Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night, when they steal away from ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zeke
... Jerry
... Smokey
... Bobby Joe
... Eddie Johnson
... Jenkins
Lucy Saroyan ... Arlene Bartowski
... Clarence Hill
... John Burrows
Borah Silver ... Dogshit Miller
... Caroline Brown
... Hank
Leonard Gaines ... I.R.S. Man
... Sumabitch
Sammy Warren ... Barney
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Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night, when they steal away from their wives to have some fun, they get the idea to rob the local union's bureau safe. First they think it is a flop, because they get only six hundred dollars out of it, but then Zeke realizes that they also have gotten some "hot" material. They decide to blackmail their union. The best reason for that is the union itself. All three are provoked by the fact that the union claims to have lost ten thousand dollars by their robbery. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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The company builds cars and destroys men. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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10 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Akkord am Fließband  »

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One of three movies starring Richard Pryor in 1978. The other two were The Wiz (1978) and California Suite (1978). See more »

Goofs

When Jerry, Zeke and Smoky are casing the union hall, Jerry asks "Who is in the Buick?" The car he is looking at is an Oldsmobile. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dogshit Miller: You're not double-checking the stripping. I want it tighter.
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Featured in Hollywood Mavericks (1990) See more »

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The World I'm Livin' In
Written by Jack Skinner
Performed by Byron Berline and Sundance
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Memorable film
31 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

Certain films remain at the back of one's mind for many years. The first time I saw the film, on television, I was impressed by the realism of the situation and honesty of acting. The film is enhanced by the driving power of the theme music. Years later, I again saw the film on television and was reminded of it and how good it is. The lead actors, Yaphet Koto, Harvey Keitel and Richard Prior, must have enjoyed much critical acclaim from fellow actors for their performances. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story without too obvious predictability and easy options, especially those who think that all American movies are romanticism floss.


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